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US highlights SL as a country of particular concern with regard to HR

2013 Jul 08

The United States has once again highlighted Sri Lanka as a country of particular concern with regard to human rights.

US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council Eileen Donahoe made this statement addressing the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

During the general debate on Human rights situations requiring the attention of the UNHRC, the United States identified a number of countries. Speaking on Sri Lanka, Donahoe had emphasised on the need to set a visit date and provide access to special procedures.

She went on to note that violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly continue to take place in Sri Lanka.

Donahoe also noted that reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists also take place within the country.
Addressing the UNHRC the US ambassador had noted that there have been no credible investigations or prosecutions for attacks on journalists and media outlets.

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